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Getting Best Wine for Your Money • Skip house wine. Unless you are familiar with house wine, don't bother because they generally carry highest mark up. • Scan wine list too quickly to get an idea on average price of a bottle. Try to stay within this median price range where mark ups tend to be average. • Choose a wine from same region as restaurant's food specialty. A good French restaurant, for instance, should have a solid selection of French wines. • Ask server for a recommendation. Just ask if they have any special values currently. • If two or more at your table are going to have a few glasses of wine, it is cheaper to order by bottle than glass.
Corkage Many restaurants will open and serve a bottle of wine brought by patron. A quick call to restaurant will confirm if this is possible, and if so, they will charge a corkage fee. They usually charge between $5 and $15 per bottle, although some restaurants will charge a lower fee if wine brought is not on their wine list.
Contributor: Stuart Glasure [Designer, Fashion Artist and creator of Zany Wearables Collection: http://www.ZanyGiftware.com. A wine enthusiast and publishing member of wine source: http://www.WineDefinitions.com.]
Nerello Glasure [Fashion Artist of Zany Wearables: http://www.zanygiftware.com and a Publishing Member of the Wine Resource: http://www.winedefinitions.com.]